TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - August 27, 2020


Directors' Chat
Thursday, August 27, 2020


Bill from Mt. Vernon: Afternoon, 22 new cases in Jefferson County

Amy Courson Heritage: Hi Bill, I am from a school and I was just wondering how you are handling being open and trying to keep everyone safe

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Good afternoon, everyone!  Sorry about those numbers, Bill!

Shari - Hope Welty:  Are all libraries quaratining books for 5 days ?

Bill from Mt. Vernon: The usual, quaranting books, staff has to wear masks and gloves, the public must wear a mask or face shield, lots of cleaning.

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Shari - I'm quarantining for 5 days.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Shari  I believe that  is the recommendation that Operations will be sharing in a memo to be sent out shortly.

Maria Dent MTZ Library: We are.  Delivery bins for 4 days as we figure 1 day of travel.  Items returned to us are 5 days.

Shari - Hope Welty:  One of our deliverery drivers told us that it was not official that we haad to quarantine for 5 days.But we are doing the 5 days.

Bill from Mt. Vernon: Had a patron go into quarantine, so I'm letting her keep her materials for 14 days. Sorry if some of them are yours, but I'm in no rush to get them back.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Bill, better err on the side of caution!

Sandy West  =- RLCA: I saw RAILS was going to meet to quarantine materials longer ,  like a full 7 days.  I really feel bad for people.  I can't imagine a book being held from patrons any longer than what we are already doing.

Jackie CAMP: I had a board member tell me today that we need to go back to our regular hours because taxpayers want their money's worth. I spoke with Phil Lenzini and thank goodness he said that would be irresponsible due to the rise in cases and tighter restrictions just put in place

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Jackie, glad you checked with Phil!

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Ellen, do you know if any of our material that has been put in tubs for delivery to schools last school year will be returned to us anytime soon? I am making the assumption that there are tubs at delivery hubs for schools that never reopened last school year and won't open this school year.

Bill from Mt. Vernon: Jackie are uou in the region that was downgrade a step?

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: My board president called me today because a book she had requested still is not available for pick up 10 days later.  It is almost a negative that some patrons can see that an item has been shipped because they automatically think they will be getting it soon.  I explained that we are all being cautious and the that the book is most likey in the tub that will be checked in on the 29th.

Jackie CAMP: Bill, no we were not but we have had 70 new cases in 14 days in Douglas County, which is pretty small county

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Monica, I'd touch base with your hub manager (Linda Petty or Linda Kates) to get a good answer to that.

Bill from Mt. Vernon: Yikes that is bad

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: I spoke with some librarians in north cenral and northwestern Illinois and they are in the same place as we are down here. Someone actually had to close her library because of Covid among staff.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Ellen Okay. Thank you.

Jackie CAMP: It is almost more stressful not to be open regular hours, but even though we are closed to the public we are still in here working. So Phil said that is why they ARE getting their money's worth. :)

Kami - Germantown: How are libraries handling fines?  I have been waiving, but wondered if anyone has been charging or had thought about when they may start again?

Bill from Mt. Vernon: Had a staff member who had to be quarantined until she got a negative test because she was exposed. Given the stories I have heard about people having Covid despite negative tests is that the right thing to do?

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Jackie - We still have limited hours but we are working harder than ever.  Who knew we would be spending half our time cleaning and disinfecting.

Shari - Hope Welty:  We reopened in the middle of June, and we started charging fine again the first of July.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I've had a couple of patrons say they used to get a 4-5 day heads up notice that their materials were coming due, and now they say they no longer get the notice. They want to know if this notice has been discontinued.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Shelbyville is still not charging. We have seen a huge jump in cases over the last month and have little foot traffic still.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: We are not charging late fees as of yet.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Monica, you can also check our list to see if the school status. It is only as good as the info that SHARE gets, but it might be helpful to see if that school is closed or ILL has been disabled.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): Sadly, Hillsboro Library only quarantines for 2 days (unless interlibrary loan) because we have a drop off we can't control (books go straight into a box in the building, it's more like a mail slot)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Suspending fines and fees is very generous of you.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: We are waiving fines, too.  Cases are going up in our area.

Peggy - MVE: We are not charging late fees.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Cassandra Thank you!

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): We do wipe off our books with clorox wipes though so I hope that makes up for the quarantine.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Deb, let me check your library's settings.

Shari - Hope Welty: We had an outside storytime this week,  we had a good turn out .

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Thank you Cassandra

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Shari how did that go?

Kami - Germantown: Thank you for the answers to the fines.  I just needed some information to pass on to my board.  I'm not ready to charge fines yet.  :-)

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: We are planning an outside storytime every Wednesday in September for toddlers and preschoolers

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Cassandra, would you please check Groff's, too?  I've had a couple of patrons mention they haven't been getting notices either.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Alyson----what library are you from?  We want to give you credit for participating!

Jackie CAMP: Shari, we are having an outside story time today, we are so excited

Shari - Hope Welty:  The parents were glad to have storytime again.  Going to do that every Tues.  morning

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): We have started fines back up because we are open to the public and have been since June (but we follow our guidelines to a T, so far no cases in my library).

Jackie CAMP: We are doing ours on Thursdays after school at 2:30

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Deb, the reminders were turned off. It looks like it used to be a 2 day reminder. If you want it changed to a 4 or 5 day reminder, please just let me know. Otherwise, I've gotten that fixed for you!

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): I am only pushing the fines for lost books though.

Shari - Hope Welty:  We had kids come that had never been to our storytime before

Jackie CAMP: Ellen, I think I forgot to sign-up offically for this

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Cassandra..thank you very much!

Kami - Germantown: Shelley - that does make sense.  I do charge for lost items.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: No probelm, Jackie!  We're manually tracking attendance since L2 is down.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: We would like to have a preschool story time and had not considered an outdoor event. Thank you for sharing:)  Our fall reading program was one of my favorite programs.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I miss our preschool story hour :(

Jackie CAMP: Thank you Ellen

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Shari, what activities did you do at outside story time?  Our regular story time is usually stories, activity, craft, snack and a bubble machine, but I'm wondering what's safe to do at this point.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: HOw long do your storytimes last for?  And are the kids more distracted?

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Kathleen, I've also gotten your account updated with a 2 day reminder. Let me know if you need any additional adjustments

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thank you, Cassandra!

Shari - Hope Welty:  We did music, a craft, andread 2 books.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I would read about 2-3 books, and then do a craft, hand puppets, etc..typically around 45 mins or so

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): My main question right now is about the programs. Is anyone doing "indoor" programming or thinking about starting them back up.

Maria Dent MTZ Library: Mt. Zion is having an outside p

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Do you still require masks for outdoor programs?

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Nothng indoor for now

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: How did you control the number who participated since it was outdoors?

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): I would love to do an outdoor program, but it's soooooo hot! And my board always wants me to dress professionally. Slacks are way to hot for outside.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We aren't doing in-person programs yet, but we're hoping to start in October.

Jackie CAMP: We are trying to work on an outdoor craft time

Ginger - Athens Library: We are starting indoor programs again after Labor Day

Shari - Hope Welty:  Nothing indoor for us . Our adult bookclub is going to meet outside at a park.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ellen my attendance might have to be tracked manually from now on. I can't get into L2. Probably because I always forget my password!

Maria Dent MTZ Library: program on Sept 1 -  Beach Blanket Bingo.  Includes bingo, prizes and treats

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Ginger, are you controlling numbers, wearing masks, etc?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @ Ginger, what will your protocols be for indoor programming?

Sherman PLD- Rachel: What metrics are you using to determine whether to offer indoor programming in the fall?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Shellley, there's a forgot password button that should be able to help you out!

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Ginger how do you see those working. What age group? Room set-up? Distancing? Masks? the usual questions.

Bill from Mt. Vernon:  We are doing the Adult Book Club. There are few members, so they can socially distance in the meeting room.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): My board and I are leaning towards having book club "indoors" starting in September or early October (dependent on receiving ILL materials). But the board and myself are hestitant about doing the program with kids because they social outside of school and don't always wear the masks.

Ginger - Athens Library: We are requesting masks. Our numbers are low enough to keep with government standards. Our schools are meeting 5 days/ week in our county too though. So it's not as crazy for Story Hours to be offered again.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Maria, I would play the Beach Boys in the background sounds like fun.

Jackie CAMP: Enquiring minds want to know Giner

Sandy West  =- RLCA: Ground breaking ceremony was heald today for the next "growth" of the LRC.  You will soon see a new main entrance and new outdoor seating area for the library, and a new welness center inside with 6 new "study/group use" rooms, an expansion to the children's library. and a new circulation area.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): So again, no one is having indoor programs right now. But sounds like people are leaning towards it.

Ginger - Athens Library: We did split story hour into three groups - baby/toddler, prek-K, and "big kid" for those who are homeschooling or e-learning

Maria Dent MTZ Library: Some of their songs are in the lineup:)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Sandy, I didn't know that was coming!

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Sandy How Exciting! Congratulations!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Our meeting room is the book isolation room, so we really can't use it for anything else right now.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Our schools started and within 4 days there were 4 cases of kids who tested positive for covid.  We are not comfortable having any programming indoors and we are even not so comfortable with outdoor programs.  Social distancing does not work well with little ones.  They just do not understand...

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): I'm doing book club in-person, but I don't think I can do the little ones (the mask is really hard for them!). I've seen a parent get so frustrated she was almost in tears because her little one wouldn't keep it on (because they just don't understand). It was so disheartening!

Ginger - Athens Library: We had a daycare call today though and they are interested in a seperate story hour for their 15 kids! We didn't want to combine with the other kids so we could keep everyone spread out.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Sandy congratulations that sounds very exciting.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ginger. But are your programs indoors or outdoors or online right now?

Maria Dent MTZ Library: Our Sept book club will be a hybrid of indoor and Zoom with masks for in person

Ginger - Athens Library: We are also hosting book club (usually 6-8 people) spread out in the conference room or on the back patio. And two Girl Scout troops are doing the same...

Ginger - Athens Library: indoors

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: We plan to read 3-4 stories, do an activity (next week is a "bear hunt" and there will be a craft kit for them to take home to do.

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Kathleen - We are doing kids' programs outside, but referring to them as "Family Fun" and parents are required to attend for that very reason.

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Ginger - are you renting out your conference room again, then?  We still are not.

Ginger - Athens Library: Our county's numbers are SO low and have had 100% recovery rate. My board and the community seem ok with programming being offered...

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Maria Dent. I love that idea.  Sadly, I don't think my ladies care for the hassle of zoom (even though it's easy to use). They almost all voted to do it inperson. I left it up to the members to vote how we had the program.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Groff isn't planning on any indoor programming in the near future.  

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: Those of you who are adapting your programs to the circumstances, what kind of feedback are you getting form your patrons and attendees.

Sandy West  =- RLCA: Downside to the story, it all the weeding that I am currently working through.  Started the project with a total item count for the facility at 14997 and currently have a count of 13314.  Just working through fiction and still have non-fiction to go.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Our book clubs are meeting via Zoom and they're just happy that we're still meeting.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Did you hear that Swank is temporarily allowing outdoor showings of about 50 titles? If you are an existing customer, you can reach out to Joe Swift at for more information. You also still have the option to join the IHLS group contract. Let me know if you are interested in a price quote!

Ginger - Athens Library: Our conference room has been turned into a co-working space during the day. Small tables are 6' apart with terminal strips/chargers on each. E-learners and remote workers are able to come work and use the wifi safely. Then, we allow groups to meet in the conference room in the evening, providing they plan to social distance.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ginger. Sadly I don't have a big conference room. We don't have much room to spread everyone out. My plan is a chair between the bookclub members and the kids I could space throughout our whole children's area basement, but I think that would be super hard to do crafts and activities that way.

Shari - Hope Welty:  We are not rent out meeting room yet.  The parents of the preschool storytime said,' thanks for doing this outside '.

Maria Dent MTZ Library: @Carrie.  We are not since that is where our items r quarantined and our seating is stored.  We just put out 1 chair per table on the adult side to allow WiFi use, studying, etc., but still with an hour limit in the building

Ginger - Athens Library: @Shelley, that's tricky then. We may use the back patio for story hour crafts, but only if the weather is nice enough. We have hauled some old tables (that no one threw away) out to the patio for now!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Next week we're going to start allowing study-room use again. We have remote learners who don't have WI-FI at home or even a car to sit in in our parking lot.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Sandy West. That was my big project in March-May when we were shut down. My board wanted me to still come to the library even though no other patrons or staff. So it was the perfect time to weed. I did the entire children's collection.  

Jackie CAMP: Cassandra, I would be interested in the SWANK information,

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @ Carrie: We would run into an issue with a daycare provider who is quite excellent but there are not enough adults to supervise her troop so we usually jump in to help her.  We could not have a program and then tell her she could not attend.  She has been a faithful patron for  many years.

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Anna - so far we've done about 4 group programs outside (painting, chats, crafts) and gotten all positive reviews.  People are so happy to NOT be on Zoom or other virtual platforms.  They all say they miss in-person programs.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ginger. Oh that's awesome you have a patio to do crafts and stuff. we don't have that option either. :(

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Jackie, I'll get that for you!

Ginger - Athens Library: This building has been here 17 years. No one has ever used the patio until I started in July. ha! It's the perfect time to utilize it though...

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ginger and @Everyone....for those of you doing programs, whether indoor or outdoor, do you have some ideas for us for those of us thinking of starting back up what kinds of crafts, activities or things to do that would allow social distancing?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Cassandra, I'd be interested in Swank info, too.

Shari - Hope Welty:  We are planning a fall painting  craft outside. the first part of Sept.

Jackie CAMP: Thank you! We did an outside craft with about 10 ladies social distancing with mask and they were thrilled to do it, even though it was a little warm

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I'd like SWANK info

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Are any libraries pursuing the SORA option through OverDrive with the local school district?

Ginger - Athens Library: We are putting every child's individual craft supplies into a large ziplock

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We are

Ginger - Athens Library: they can then take it to a space at the table and not share supplies

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Carrie. OOO I like the idea of painting outside. But how do you do that? Do you bring chairs outside or have easels for painting?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - Some of the schools were already using SORA. The rest are coming on board.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Shari, what's the fall painting craft going to be?

Maria Dent MTZ Library: R some/most of you limiting time in your building?  If so, how do u justify this since foot traffic is probably lower than usual?  Asking for a plausible explanation if a patron questions this.

Ginger - Athens Library: @Kathleen, I need to reach out to our school librarian. I want to though!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Maria - we aren't limiting time in the building, but without seating areas, it sorts itself our.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ginger and @Shari, and @Carrie. Is your painting for adults or juveniles?

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @ Bobbi: My contact through OverDrive asked if the school belonged to OverDrive and it did not.  I sent the information to the school librarian and have not heard back from her.  Do you know if your school pays to belong to DLIL?

Shari - Hope Welty:  I ordered a wooden pumpkin cutout and they  we are going to paint them orange , so all they have to do is decorate them.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Has anyone hit the max of allowable people within the building?

Shari - Hope Welty:  this is going to be for adults

Maria Dent MTZ Library: @Bobbi. Are u allowing computer use?  Limiting time?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - as far as I understand, it's a free program, but I can double check.

Sherman PLD- Rachel: @Bobbi  Are any schools a part of our Overdrive consortium?

Maria Dent MTZ Library: @Ellen. Not even close

Kami - Germantown: We have not met our max within the building.  We average our max each day.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Not that I'm aware of. In SORA, Clinton schools are accessing our OVerdrive colleciton.

Sherman PLD- Rachel: @Bobbi- You mean the consortium's collection?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We have not hit our max, but even pre-COVID we only hit that number if we had a program.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Yes, by "our" I meant consortium :)

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @ Bobbi: Yes it is free but since they do not already belong to OverDrive I think there is another step that is involved before they can sign up???

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): Hmmm... just had a though. You know those painting parties that are so popular, where you try to paint what the lead artist is painting, but sometimes they pre-sketch it out. Maybe I can try that with my DIY Club (Tweens and Teens)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Don't forget that non-SHARE school members can participate in Axis 360!

Sherman PLD- Rachel: I think this would be a great time to reach out to all the school

Sherman PLD- Rachel: schools and invite them to join the consortium

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): So is anyone doing virtual programming if you aren't having in-person or outdoor programs?  I told my board I would move my programs online if we can't do it in-person, but maybe the kids are tired of it with all of the E-learning they have to do?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @ Kathleen - I would suggest reaching out to our HS librarian, Kerry-Rae Koshinski She knows more about the process.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ellen. We are a Non-Share member and we participate in Axis 360!

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @ Ellen: Is that offered through Baker and Taylor, Axis 360?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shelley, we have regualr storytime videos, but the usuage is so-so

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Kathleen, I'll be happy to get that for you!

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: For my Back to Books grant application, I requested the money for ebooks and eaudio for teens because our demand went up 51% for that audience since March when the school libraries closed down. If I get it, anyone in the Library On The Go consortium will also have access to the titles I purchase.

Jackie CAMP: Shelly we did that but used a cricit to cut out the stencil and they had to put it on the board and follow the steps

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Kathleen, yes.  It is offered through eREad Illinois

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: @Maria, yes we are limiting time due to the extra cleaning required.  We have 20-minute appointments on the hour and half hour and we clean the other ten minutes.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Thank you, Bobbi.  

Pam - West Frankfort Public: Shelley - We have our teen group meeting for the past 6 weeks for painting and crafts and they LOVE it. Something else they really enjoy is working with clay I think they have done 2 crafts with it and are starting another this Friday.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @ Cassandra: Thank you!

Rachel - Forsyth: We are also doing e-resources for Back to Books application.  Our focus is STEAM for grades 3-8, added into the Library on the Go collection.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Rachel Great minds and all that. ;-)

Mahomet John H: I didn't realize we could request Back to Books grants for eBooks.  I need to do that too.  

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: Is everyone going for at least one of the grant opportunities?

Mahomet John H: There are always room on the shelf for more eBooks

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Bobbi. Thanks for the info. Sounds about right. What I would expect as well. Our Summer Reading Program was the same way. Great participation first 3-4 weeks. Then hardly any the 5th and 6th week.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @John that is a great catch phrase

Shari - Hope Welty:  I sent in for the PPE GRANT .

Mahomet John H: Trademark Mahomet Public LIbrary 2020

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I'm going for the PPE grant, just never tried for a grant before.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Here's a link to the Back to Books Grant:

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Bobbi , I'm thinking if I do any virtual programming it will be a once a month thing. I don't think it will get great participation if i do it more than that with all the e-learning and online stuff going on right now.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: I'm going to apply for both grants

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @John Yep, ebooks are listed on the allowable grant expenditures. I emailed to double check that it was okay to spend 100% of the funds on eresources including eaudio and was told yes by Karen Egan.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Are there any RBdigital members here today? I spoke to our Overdrive rep today, and the details are still a bit ... murky.

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): Off topic, I know, but who took over for Jeanne Urbanek?  I had a question for her, but I know she's retired now..  Anyone have that contact?

Maria Dent MTZ Library: Mt. Zion is Cassandra

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: @Cassandra Shelbyville is too.

Rachel - Forsyth: Forsyth is RBdigital

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Carrie, if you call, just ask for the Library Development Group and they'll get you to someone who can help you.

Mahomet John H: @Maria we are offering our public computers for 1 hour a day, very socially distanced.  We have decided not to limit the time at the 7 study tables we have because they are all at least 15' away from each other and all on the outskirts of the library far away from where staff are working.  

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Ellen -- Thank you!

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Shari and @Deb. Good luck on the PPE grant. I'm leaning towards the Backs to Books since I missed it last year and the year before.

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Cassandra - yes RBdigital member.  I haven't heard anything for a few weeks.

Julia, IHLS: ISL Grants:

Mahomet John H: We are RBDigital - just waiting to hear more.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: No one should hesitate to try for more than one grant.

Rita Stephens   ISL: Everyone, look over the PPE, Back to Books, and Digital Access grants available at the State Library and apply!

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): FYI: The grants through the state library are really good this year and money has already been appropriated and allocated. More news to come. Wink Wink.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: We're RBDigital members

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Overdrive is still trying to resolve the issue with several of our members already belonging to an Overdrive consortium, but not the same consortium. They are working on it. We have also heard that we may have options with cloudLibrary as well. I'd love to get some feedback of what you'd prefer - to move to Overdrive or to cloudLibrary.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library:  I have half of my PPE grant filled out. Just need to finish and submit.

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: @Maria, we also offer 45-minute computer appointments beginning on the hour.

Mahomet John H: We got some readings done of our air quality, using CO2 levels as the best gauge of how well air is circulating, and found our air circulation and resultant C02 levels to be very good.

Jackie CAMP: I think we are going to go for book grant, we have lots of liability money that Phil says we can use on safety items so that is what we are doing.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Monica good for you.

Mahomet John H: For safety in COVID-19, we read that that ASHRAE suggests the indoor air show CO2 levels of 800 or below.   Ours were at 550 throughout the library.

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): @Mahomet John. Did you purchase a CO2 reader? How did you find that out? Also, how much do those cost just out of curiosity.

Mahomet John H: @Cassandra not sure what you are asking - move what to Overdrive or CloudLibrary?

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: @Cassandra--the old Shawnee LIbrary System Overdrive consortium migrated our collection to Cloud Library a few years ago. Lesley Z was very involved in the process.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @John that is impressive. Anyone else done this? John your building is newer. i wonder what it is like in some of our older buildings?

Rita Stephens   ISL: Call the State Library if you have any questions about grant offerings.

Mahomet John H: @Shelley one of my staff has a son who works for a company that does that type of work and he brought the meter is.  His boss gave us some links to meters that they recommend and the cost for the meters themselves is around $150.

Shari - Hope Welty:  I have been talking to Pat Burg at the State Library for help with grants

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Our existing RBdigital collection. With the merger, it looks like we may have some options.

Mahomet John H: Maybe IHLS could purchase a couple of CO2 meters that libraries could borrow to do readings...or you could see if you could use the PPE grant to get one.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Esther, she is working very closely with me on this as well.

Bill from Mt. Vernon: OK waht's SORA

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: @Cassandra--Good news!

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: @Mahomet John - good ideas!

Rachel - Forsyth: @Cassandra - you aren't including magazines in this "move", right?  I don't think we have much of a collection otherwise.  But in general, our Overdrive is used much more than our Cloud Library.

Jo -- Greenville Public Library: @Cassandra - my vote would be Cloud Library

Mahomet John H: @Cassandra tough answer would be "whichever my patrons use more" but I don't know which platform that is.  How about both?

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Like Forsyth, Shelbyville's patrons also use OverDrive much more than Cloud Library

Carrie Russell (Maroa Public): @Bill - as I understand it, it's a reading app for students, part of Overdrive.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Rachel, cloudLibrary will be offering a magazine option as well, but we will have to closely review what they offer in comparison to the old zinio access that we get.

Mahomet John H: @Cassandra are we talking about RBDigitial magazines?

Jackie CAMP: Our patrons us OverDrive more than Cloud

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Cassandra - we use Cloud Library - got rid of Overdrive a few years ago. I put money into e-book in RBdigital.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: Cassandra, I assume you will put out one of your wonderful documents to explain all of this and everyones options

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @John, yes. The rep told me today that they will be migrated into Libby. Magazines in cloudLibrary is still new.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Lisa, that is very helpful to know.

Sherman PLD- Rachel: We use both in Sherman, but Overdrive is used more.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Anna, absolutely! Once we have some firm information from Overdrive, we will meet as a group to discuss.

Sherman PLD- Rachel: @Cassandra I'm still pretty confused about SORA.  I missed the informational demo this morning.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: @Cassandra I am sure that will answer most questions. Sounds like a great offering with many advantages.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Rachel - SORA is a way for schools to access public libraries' Overdrive collections

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Rachel, I'm so sorry, but I'm not very familiar with it either. I know it is the overdrive platform for schools, but I'm not sure how it is tied in to public libraries.

Anna Yackle-IHLS Carbondale: I have an appointment so I am leaving this meeting a little early. Take care all and see you next week.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Thank you for all the feedback RBdigital members!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Anything to share for the good of the order?

Sherman PLD- Rachel: @Bobbi... without paying for it?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: (Almost!) All of our local school district is also in our library district, so the students are patrons anyway who are entitled to access our digital content. With SORA, they can only access age-appropriate content

Shari - Hope Welty:  Have a great Weekend and find something FUN to do, You need it !!

Rita Stephens   ISL: State Library's LDG direct line  phone  217-524-8836 grant offerings questions

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: I believe so. Again, since the students, in our situation, are in our district, they're enetiled to access Overdrive anyway.

Sherman PLD- Rachel: Thanks Bobbi.  

Twilla Coon-Mount Carmel Public Library: Have a great day and Thank you

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: You're welcome1

Ellen Popit/IHLS: See you next week! Here's to a good weekend for us all!

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Great chatting with you all! Have a great day!

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Stay safe!!!

Peggy - MVE: Thank you

Amy Courson Heritage:                 thanks!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thank you!

Shelley Kolb (Hillsboro Public Library): Bye everyone!